A new study from Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research looks at how educators across five states are using Common Core State Standards. The recently released report assesses educators’ efforts to meet the demands of their state’s recently adopted higher standards and finds that the standards have fostered significant positive instructional changes in classrooms and are garnering positive sentiment among a majority of teachers and principals.
The study (which you can read here) finds:
- Four out of five mathematics teachers (82%) and three out of four English teachers (72%) reported that they have changed more than half of their instructional materials in response to the Common Core.
- Seven out of eight English teachers (85%) reported having increased writing assignments in which students are expected to use evidence to support their arguments.
- A similar percentage have increased assigned reading of nonfiction texts.
- The researchers also found that a majority of teachers (73%) reported that they have embraced the new standards “quite a bit” or “fully,” and that more than two thirds of principals believe that the new standards will lead to improved student learning.